Judith Alexander papers
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Judith Alexander papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Alexander Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Creator: Alexander, Judith
Creator: New Arts Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Title: Judith Alexander papers
Dates: 1959-1989
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (2 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS812

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1959, Atlanta-born Judith Alexander opened The New Arts Gallery on Peachtree Street, a landmark venture exhibiting to work of some of the most important modern artists of the time and establishing in its brief existence, the first significant example of a fashionable art gallery in Atlanta. Although beset by financial problems which forced Alexander to close the gallery in 1965, The New Arts could boast of its influence as the center of Atlanta's avante-guard,among artists and literati alike.

Ms. Alexander returned to the Atlanta gallery market in 1976, withthe opening of the Alexander Gallery on E. Paces Ferry Road. The Alexander contributed greatly to the recognition of Georgia Folk Artists Nellie Mae Row, Carlton Garrett, and Mattie Lou O'Kelley, and went on to become one of Atlanta's foremost galleries to champion the Folk Arts Movement of the 1980s. In 1990 the Alexander Gallery was selected to receive the Governor's Award in the Arts.

Judith Alexander is the granddaughter of Julius M. Alexander (MSS 442), daughter of Henry A. Alexander Sr. (MSS 476) and Marian (Manya) Klein Alexander, neice of Cecil A. Alexander (MSS 24), and cousin of Cecil A. Alexander, Jr (MSS 778).

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondance, gallery invitations, newspaper clippings, magazines, catalogues, and photographs of individual artists and their work, in addition to snapshots of gallery interiors and special events.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Alexander Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Almon, Leroy
Anderson, Linda
Art galleries, commercial--Georgia--Atlanta
Art publicity--Georgia--Atlanta
Art, American--Georgia--Atlanta
Art, previews--Georgia--Atlanta
Blizzard, Georgia
Businesswomen--Southern States
Folk Art--Georgia--Atlanta
Folk Artists--Georgia--Atlanta
Garrett, Carleton E.
New Arts Gallery (Atlanta, Ga.).
Piha, Leonard
Rogers, Juanita
Rowe, Nellie Mae
Women art dealers--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Judith Alexander papers, MSS 812, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1994


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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